The LEADS in a Caring Environment Capabilities
Framework (LEADS) is a “by health, for health” description of the leadership attributes necessary to be successful in leading modern health systems.

LEADS is innovative and comprehensive. It outlines 5 domains and 20 capabilities of activity which leaders need to employ in order to be effective leading small teams, health organizations, and health systems through change.

LEADS articulates a powerful foundation for effective leadership development.

ead Self


Are self aware

They are aware of their own assumptions, values, principles, strengths, and limitations

Manage themselves

They take responsibility for their own performance and health

Develop themselves

They actively seek opportunities and challenges for personal learning, character building, and growth

Demonstrate character

They model qualities such as honesty, integrity, resilience, and confidence

ngage Others


Foster development of others

They support and challenge others to achieve professional and personal goals

Contribute to the creation of healthy organizations

They create engaging environments where others have meaningful opportunities to contribute and ensure that resources are available to fulfill their expected responsibilities

Communicate effectively

They listen well and encourage open exchange of information and ideas using appropriate communication media

Build teams

They facilitate environments of collaboration and cooperation to achieve results

chieve Results


Set direction

They inspire vision by identifying, establishing, and communicating clear and meaningful expectations and outcomes

Strategically align decisions with vision, values, and evidence

They integrate organizational missions and values with reliable, valid evidence to make decisions

Take action to implement decisions

They act in a manner consistent with the organizational values to yield effective, efficient public-centred service

Assess and evaluate

They measure and evaluate outcomes, compare the results against established benchmarks, and correct the course as appropriate

evelop Coalitions


Purposefully build partnerships and networks to create results

They create connections, trust and shared meaning with individuals and groups

Demonstrate a commitment to customers and service

They facilitate collaboration, cooperation, and coalitions among diverse groups and perspectives aimed at learning to improve service

Mobilize knowledge

They employ methods to gather intelligence, encourage open exchange of information, and use quality evidence to influence action across the system

Navigate socio-political environments

They are politically astute, and can negotiate through conflict and mobilize support

ystems Transformation


Demonstrate systems/critical thinking

They think analytically and conceptually, questioning and challenging the status quo, to identify issues, solve problems, and design and implement effective processes across systems and stakeholders

Encourage and support innovation

They create a climate of continuous improvement and creativity aimed at systemic change

Orient themselves strategically to the future

They scan the environment for ideas, best practices, and emerging trends that will shape the system

Champion and orchestrate change

They actively contribute to change processes that improve health service delivery

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